Margaret’s mission is to provide a continuum of safe supportive housing for women with mental health challenges, and an array of innovative community-based programming available to both women and men, empowering them to build and reclaim their lives. Our programs contribute to reducing poverty and homelessness throughout the Greater Toronto Area.
Empowered individuals of varying mental abilities living and thriving in the community, and a society where women and men in need have access to safe, supportive, and stable environments through a holistic model that provides safety, respect, stability, and hope.
Our clients have a wide variety of psychiatric diagnoses and require intensive support to live in the community. Living in an all-female environment helps residents cope with issues regarding safety and cope with past abuse. Having a welcoming, warm, caring attitude and space puts the women and men that access our drop-in and other community-based services at ease allowing them to focus on making connections, self-care, and improving their lives.
Margaret's believes in empowerment, respect, compassion, innovation, cultural competency and ultimately recovery. Our services are client-centered and anti-oppressive in practice.
We treat our clients as adults who deserve our understanding and support. We encourage individuals to be the best they can be, to participate in decisions that affect their care and their home, and to take responsibility for their health and welfare.
Privacy and confidentiality are watchwords by which we live. We ensure that our care and attention are tailored to each client’s unique needs and delivered in a respectful manner.
We care about everyone we interact with at Margaret’s. We strive to understand the challenges with which each person is dealing with, and wish to overcome. We believe our clients are, first and foremost, treating every person with dignity and respect.
Our door is always open to each other. ‘That’s not my job’ is not a phrase with which we’re familiar. We are always willing to lend each other a helping hand, and our services aim at supporting the strengths of our clients.
We foster a collaborative working environment to deliver services in a non-judgmental manner.
We value creativity and encourage staff members to suggest new ideas and ways of doing things. We keep on top of all significant developments in women’s health and strive to be at the forefront of advancements and breakthroughs that could affect the well-being of our clients.
anti-racism & anti-opression
Margaret’s is committed to a policy of anti-oppression by ethnicity, language, race, age, ability, gender, sexual orientation, family status or income, nationality, place of birth, political or religious affiliation. In fact, we acknowledge the intersectional nature of the challenges that our clients face and take all of the contributing factors into account in our holistic, individualized services.
“The problem with the stigma around mental health is really about the stories that we tell ourselves as a society.”
Matthew Quick | New York Times bestselling author
'SILVER LINING PLAYBOOK'
Margaret's Housing and Community Support Services opened its doors in 1984 in honour of the well-known Toronto feminist and activist - Margaret Frazer. At Margaret's, we actively work to uphold the visionary's efforts. We provide a continuum of housing and support services for individuals facing mental health challenges through innovative programming, advocacy, and education. We understand there is a clear link between decent, affordable housing and good health. Safe and stable housing promotes community involvement, decreases hospitalization and improves the quality of life.